Where do federal employees go to appeal a suspension or report on-the-job retaliation for exposing mismanagement? Nowhere lately.
Yet this week, Congress will try to address the problem.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Wednesday will once again consider nominees to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), while the House Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing to discuss the issue on Thursday. That three-person board, which hears appeals of lower level personnel decisions, has only one member at the moment.
The Board hears whistleblower cases and is the backstop for maintaining a non-partisan, professional civil service as the sole enforcement body on many cases. It has not had a quorum since just before President Trump took office. The MSPB needs a quorum of two to act. The term of the single sitting member, Mark A. Robbins, is scheduled to end on February 28.
A February 8 Washington Post column about unfilled political position mentions the MSPB. The White House did send nominees to the Senate, writes Joe Davidson. More here from the Post. Continue Reading Another try to confirm MSPB board nominees. Then, on to a 2,000 case backlog.